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Enter Pisanio, with a letter


How? Of adultery? Wherefore write you not

What monster's her accuser? Leonatus!

O master, what a strange infection

Is fallen into thy ear! What false Italian –
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

As poisonous tongued as handed – hath prevailed

On thy too ready hearing? Disloyal? No.

She's punished for her truth; and undergoes,
truth (n.) 1 loyalty, allegiance, faithfulness
undergo (v.) 3 bear, ensure, suffer

More goddess-like than wife-like, such assaults

As would take in some virtue. O my master,
take in (v.) conquer, subdue, overcome

Thy mind to her is now as low as were

Thy fortunes. How? That I should murder her,

Upon the love and truth and vows which I
truth (n.) 1 loyalty, allegiance, faithfulness

Have made to thy command? I, her? Her blood?

If it be so to do good service, never

Let me be counted serviceable. How look I,
serviceable (adj.) 2 diligent, subservient, ready to do anything

That I should seem to lack humanity

So much as this fact comes to?

come (v.) 1 become, grow, come to be
fact (n.) evil deed, wicked act, crime

                         Do't: the letter

That I have sent her by her own command

Shall give thee opportunity. O damned paper!

Black as the ink that's on thee! Senseless bauble,
bauble (n.) 2 piece of rubbish, worthless trifle
senseless (adj.) 1 lacking human sensation, incapable of feeling

Art thou a feodary for this act, and look'st
feodory (n.) accomplice, confederate, accessory

So virgin-like without? Lo, here she comes.

I am ignorant in what I am commanded.

Enter Innogen


How now, Pisanio?


Madam, here is a letter from my lord.


Who? Thy lord? That is my lord Leonatus!

O, learned indeed were that astronomer
astronomer (n.) astrologer

That knew the stars as I his characters;
character (n.) 3 handwriting, style of writing, lettering

He'd lay the future open. You good gods,

Let what is here contained relish of love,
relish (v.) 1 have a flavour [of], taste, savour

Of my lord's health, of his content: yet not
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness

That we two are asunder; let that grieve him;

Some griefs are med'cinable, that is one of them,
medicinable (adj.) 2 curable, able to be healed

For it doth physic love: of his content,
physic (v.) 2 keep in good health, minister to

All but in that! Good wax, thy leave: blest be

You bees that make these locks of counsel! Lovers
counsel (n.) 5 secrecy, confidence, privacy

And men in dangerous bonds pray not alike:
bond (n.) 1 deed, contract, pledge

Though forfeiters you cast in prison, yet
forfeiter (n.) defaulter, person guilty of breaking an agreement

You clasp young Cupid's tables. Good news, gods!
table (n.) 1 writing tablet, memo pad, notebook

(reads) Justice, and your father's wrath – should he

take me in his dominion – could not be so cruel to
dominion (n.) land, territory, province

me, as you – O the dearest of creatures – would even

renew me with your eyes. Take notice that I am in

Cambria at Milford-Haven: what your own love

will out of this advise you, follow. So he wishes you

all happiness, that remains loyal to his vow, and

your increasing in love.

Leonatus Posthumus.

O, for a horse with wings! Hear'st thou, Pisanio?

He is at Milford-Haven: read, and tell me

How far 'tis thither. If one of mean affairs
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor

May plod it in a week, why may not I

Glide thither in a day? Then, true Pisanio,

Who long'st, like me, to see thy lord; who long'st –

O let me bate – but not like me: yet long'st
bate (v.) 1 abate, modify, lessen

But in a fainter kind. O, not like me:

For mine's beyond beyond: say, and speak thick –
thick (adv.) quickly, rapidly, fast

Love's counsellor should fill the bores of hearing,
bore (n.) 1 cavity, aperture, hole

To th' smothering of the sense – how far it is
sense (n.) 2 ability to respond to sensation, physical perception

To this same blessed Milford. And by th' way
way, by the on the way, on the journey

Tell me how Wales was made so happy as

T' inherit such a haven. But, first of all,

How we may steal from hence: and for the gap

That we shall make in time, from our hence-going
hence-going (n.) departure, leaving

And our return, to excuse: but first, how get hence.

Why should excuse be born or ere begot?

We'll talk of that hereafter. Prithee speak,

How many score of miles may we well rid
rid (v.) 3 cover, accomplish, get through

'Twixt hour, and hour?
sun to sun, from from sunrise to sunset


                         One score 'twixt sun and sun,

Madam's enough for you: and too much too.


Why, one that rode to's execution, man,

Could never go so slow: I have heard of riding wagers,
riding (adj.) horse-racing

Where horses have been nimbler than the sands

That run i'th' clock's behalf. But this is foolery:

Go, bid my woman feign a sickness, say

She'll home to her father; and provide me presently
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long

A riding-suit; no costlier than would fit

A franklin's housewife.
franklin (n.) landowner ranking below the gentry, rich freeholder, yeoman


                         Madam, you're best consider.


I see before me, man: nor here, nor here,

Nor what ensues, but have a fog in them,

That I cannot look through. Away, I prithee,

Do as I bid thee: there's no more to say:

Accessible is none but Milford way.


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